On December 21, the Carmel Plan Committee voted 7-0 to recommend the rezoning of The GOAT restaurant and bar site from residential R2 to B2 after working on several site-specific engagements with the landowner during the meeting.
The zoning request will go to Carmel City Council for a final vote.
The commitments include:
- Withdrawal of customers from the exterior of the premises before 10:45 p.m.
- Establish and maintain a helpline for neighbors to call to report problems
- Prohibition of take-out alcohol sales
- End of alcohol service at midnight on weeknights and at 1 a.m. on weekends and certain holidays
- Prohibition to use outdoor speakers
Kevin Paul, owner of The GOAT, has also pledged to ban many uses typically permitted in B2 zoning, such as auto sales and light industry. Permitted uses other than a restaurant include an art gallery, medical center, public park, and financial institution.
Paul is also committed to following the development plan and architectural design, exterior lighting, landscaping and signage approval processes, which means that a project to expand the building will be subject to a more in-depth review than that generally required in B2 zoning.
The GOAT, which stands for The Greatest of All Taverns, opened at 220 2nd st. SW in July 2020. In the months since The GOAT opened, the town received numerous complaints from neighbors, including high noise levels late into the night and customers encroaching to urinate and vomit on the property. adjacent.
The site previously housed the Bub’s Cafe, which was authorized to operate there thanks to a user exemption limiting its opening hours between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The GOAT has been closed since April, when the Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals denied a use waiver to allow it to continue operating in a residential area, in part because some board members did not believe the GOAT had proven that ‘he could be a good neighbor.
In July, a judge ruled that the BZA had violated open door laws during the waiver denial process and ordered a new hearing. Paul, however, withdrew the waiver request and instead sued a rezone.
The commission filed the zoning request at its September 21 meeting to give Paul and the planners more time to work on the details of the site. Since then, Paul has worked with an architect to design an addition to the building to cover much of the existing outdoor space and add a washroom. The addition should alleviate previous complaints about loud and unruly customers.